St. Augustine forty six, Rummel 33: Purple Knights take over in second half


St. Augustine 46, Rummel 33

at St. Augustine, Friday (Jan. 12), District 9-5A (Catholic League)

Records: Rummel, 14-8 (2-2); St. Augustine, 13-9 (2-1)

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Rummel — 13 | 4 | 7 | 9 | 33

St. Augustine — 5 | 11 | 14 | 16 | 46

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Dante Smith, St. Augustine

Smith is a high-energy player whose hustle and grit is infectious throughout the team. He played his role to perfection once again against Rummel on Friday night and played a big role in the Purple Knights’ victory on both ends of the floor. 

The 5-foot-10 senior was tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points, but more importantly he snagged a team-high eight rebounds. Four of those were on the offensive glass and the extra possessions helped St. Augustine get going offensively while keeping the ball away from Rummel’s potent scorers. Smith also came up with two steals and had a couple of and-one finishes through contact to give the Purple Knights some momentum.

HOW IT WAS WON

St. Augustine went into halftime down 17-16, but dominated the second half and outscored Rummel 30-16 over the last two quarters.

The Raiders got on the board first in the third quarter with Donte Mitchell draining a 3-pointer but Ze Muse answered with his own triple to get St. Augustine going. Neither team could gain much of an edge in a low-scoring quarter but Muse buried a long, desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Purple Knights a 30-24 advantage going into the fourth.

St. Augustine then began to attack the lane with Smith and Bryson Celestine getting back-to-back layups for the first points of the fourth quarter. A few possessions later, Smith flew in for an offensive rebound giving St. Aug another chance at a bucket, and Brandon Bode delivered with a big 3-pointer from the corner. The shot gave the Purple Knights a 38-25 lead with 4:44 remaining, and their defense carried them the rest of the way to a comfortable Catholic League victory.

NOTABLE

  • St. Augustine was dominate on the glass out-rebounding Rummel 35-20. The Purple Knights don’t have a huge size advantage inside but it was a team effort with Smith, Jalvin Mitchell, Bode, Jada Alfred and Celestine all grabbing at least five rebounds in the contest.
  • Celestine filled up the stat sheet for St. Augustine with seven points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. The 5-foot-9 senior sets the tone for the Purple Knights as the team’s floor general game in and game out.
  • Rummel had trouble putting the ball in the basket and was held to a season-low 33 points. The Raiders also scored just 39 points in Tuesday’s loss to Jesuit at home, which was their season-low until Friday night.
  • Rummel was without one its top players in sophomore point guard Corey Smooth, who is is one of the Raiders’ best shot-creators. Rummel struggled to get in a rhythm without him.

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

Rummel: Aaron Brule, 10; Donte Mitchell, 9; Iman Fazande, 6; Logan Diggs, 4; Aaron Thomas, 4.

St. Augustine: Dante Smith, 9; Ze Muse, 9;…



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